At last it’s time, here at Bungalow ’23, to look into the future!
The future, Josh?
That’s right, Dear Reader, let’s look to the future– all the way to the year 2010!
In the year 2010, in fact this very week, my house is finally getting the exterior paint job it has needed for a year or two. Although this photo is actually a couple years old (please ignore the kiddie pool…) here is a reminder of the house colors I have today:
And here’s what the house will (sort of) look like in a couple weeks when the house painters have finished their work:
Like any glimpse of the future the details are a little fuzzy– in this case due mostly to my meager chops with photoshop. The main trim color on the windows and timbering is more of a red-brown than the orange-brown tone that comes through in the picture. Also, the brackets will finally have their boxed-in details exposed, though the window sashes will remain the color of the stucco for a time– I’m electing to deal with them myself.
Help From A Friend
Choosing great exterior colors for the house has bedeviled me for years. Back in 2008 I wrote a post about looking for color inspiration on a walk through the neighborhood that didn’t yield any great revelations. Since then I’ve spent many hours spinning the color wheel and photoshopping photos without a breakthrough. The root of the challenge has been how to work with the substantial fixed colors– green roof, cream stucco, and red/brown brick– to make an interesting and bungalow-appropriate palette.
Enter my friend and neighbor, professional color consultant Molly McKinney of Molly McKinney Palettes. Molly talked through our color conundrum, picking and refining an exterior palette drawn from the surprising variety of colors in our bungalow’s brick skirt and chimney. This was my first time working with a color consultant and now I’m a believer. Molly listened to our suggestions and produced a result that is much more satisfying than what I had accomplished on my own.
The new colors are:
- Benjamin Moore “Natural Brown” – main trim and timbering, and possibly window sashes
- Sherwin Williams “Black Bean” – Rafters, eaves, trim accent on beltline, and possibly storm windows
- Sherwin Williams “Relic Bronze” – Brackets and possibly window sashes or storms.
As my descriptions indicate, I haven’t figured out the final color application on the windows. I just need to decide which look to go with, something I’ll consider in detail in a separate post. But even without the windows settled, I’m excited by how the new colors will add warmth and punch– in a muted, autumnal, craftsman way– to an exterior that currently has a monocromatic feel.
Another success of the color scheme is the choice to let the green roof stand as a distinct color element. Historic photos in Robert Schweitzer’s book “Bungalow Colors Exteriors“ show original examples of green shingles on bungalows that had no other green-colored elements. Like green leaves on top of a brown tree, the natural inspiration for this color choice is a good fit for an Arts & Crafts bungalow like mine.
So thanks, Molly, for helping us get excited about colors for our house!
Look for more painting updates in the coming days as the future becomes the present.